Stop what you’re doing and play these iOS games now

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All the game and math nerds love Threes, and it's easy to see why. This sudoku-meets-sliding-puzzle game requires just the right combination of zenlike concentration and sharp addition skills to keep you playing long into the night.

If you're looking for classic gaming nirvana, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has it all: an open world full of social parody and a style that's straight outta the '80s. You can't get a better glimpse into the early potential of video games than this.

Like exploring a more colorful version of an M.C. Escher illustration, Monument Valleyproves that mind-bending spatial puzzles can go hand in hand with minimalist story telling quite easily. It's another iPad game that begs to be explored and treasured long after all the levels have been beaten.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the cult classic 16-bit speed-platforming game that most fans point to as the ultimate Sonic experience. With lovingly recreated graphics, sounds and controls, this remastered version hits all the right notes to make it the best Sonic game on the iOS platform.

Tetris is the old-school Game Boy craze from Alexey Pajitnov brought to the modern era of touchscreen devices. It's every bit as addictive and delightful as the original with a few new modes and flashy graphical updates to interest non-purists.

Device 6 is quite easily the most innovative game we've seen on the mobile platform, making you tilt and turn your device around to follow the text and audio clues that pull you through a pretty fantastic dystopian sci-fi tale.

Smooth pop-up book animated storytelling at its finest, Temgami will turn your iPad into a lush world ripe for exploration and environmental puzzle-solving. The delicious, soothing soundtrack is a fine addition to the gorgeous Eastern-influenced level design.

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The Room 2 pulls creepy and puzzle-y off with equal abandon, letting you dig deep into a horror story without any actual jump-scares. Spend some time with this one in a darkened room, headphones on and iPad in lap. You can thank us later.

Mobile gaming is an ephemeral thing.

The unending stream of iOS games runs too fast and too fat for any individual to figure out which ones are worthy of your time and/or money. Freemium games? Check. Casual games? Sure. Hardcore games ported to your iOS device of choice? Plenty.

But which ones should you sit down and play right now? Our crack team of reviewers took a moment to call up the games they return to, day after day, when they feel like experiencing the finest the mobile gaming world has to offer. Above are the eight best iOS games you should download at this very moment.

Classic Sonic sequel is a 16-bit masterpiece

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Full disclosure up front: I was a huge fan of the Sonic series back in the day. As a result, sitting down to play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 I was of two minds: one part of me happy to be replaying a game I had enjoyed so much in childhood; the other part worried that this would be a lazy cash-in on the part of Sega.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 by SEGA
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Price: $0.99

Was I right to be concerned? Yes, is the short answer. Ever since the late 1990s, Sonic games have been the model of inconsistency: good efforts at reviving Sega’s flagship character quickly brought back down to earth by frankly shocking attempts at new installments.

I didn’t play the first stab at bringing Sonic 2 to iOS, but reportedly it was pretty uninspiring stuff — featuring sound problems, rubbish virtual controls, a windowed play area and (perhaps worst of all for our speedy hedgehog friend) slowdown issues.

So how has the game fared this time for the re-release?

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Remastered Available Now On Android & iOS

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Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was undoubtedly a reason to buy a Sega Genesis back in 1992, but if you thought it was decent then, you should check it out the new remastered version for Android and iOS.

The title has been completely rebuilt for mobile devices, and it boasts exclusive new content including access to the mysterious Hidden Palace Zone and an all-new “Boss Attack mode,” plus improved graphics and audio.

SEGA Confirms New Games For Android & iOS

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SEGA has today announced its mobile games lineup for the coming months, with a number of notable new titles heading to Android and iOS.

Highlights include a revamped Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — which will be available on Android for the first time; Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed, and a rhythm franchise that originally made its debut on the Nintendo DS.